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Make up your own mind - And I thought this was where you read about the waves.... I stayed at Salani earlier this year and had a great old time. Certainly didn't have the aggro experience that some are portraying here - maybe Salani have wised up and are keeping it cloak and dagger, eh? Plenty of independent surfers getting out there no dramas. Best part was the people though, other travellers like me who just wanted to surf (even though we're all apparently kooks and yuppies???). For anyone reading about the waves - luck is the key. Heavy perfection when it's on but disappointingly shit for days on end when it's not. It's not Indo, but that's not always a bad thing. So the anti-resort lobby can start their barrage now. Opinions are like arse holes - everyone has got one and they all stink.
Obviously another Salani suck-up! - The last message was obviously from another fool that has been taken in by Salani's BS. You should off and die. Surfers who stay at Salani's are nothing but a bunch of and/or s!
Salani's good and easy - Some one has a serious problem. Salani was unreal everyday I stayed there. Good surf great times. Check it out, luck may be with you.Whoever that wanker is that goes on about the STI, why don't you go do some volunteer work in Samoa and put your time to good use. Constructive buddy.Go in February-March, not as big but clean and hollow.
By Just been
Great times, ok waves - Hi all, I went as an independent surfer to explore the south coasts of Upolo and Savaii in the last two weeks. I stayed at Maninoa - useful to a couple of local waves, but was difficult to organise boat trips to further away waves. The manager of the place (it used to be a great surf camp)had been put in jail and there was some confusing situation with an supposedly dodgy Australian Christian surfer who had set up the place. Got some ok waves anyway; not as many as I would've liked though due to access difficulties (we were not allowed by Salani village to surf the waves there..). Plenty of swell around, dropped in the last day or so to 1 foot. Best waves were usually at the Island due to the trades.Then to Savaii for Aganoa and Satuiatea. Both wonderful serene places. The village people at the latter are gracious and generous (give it in return). Heaps of things to do on the Big Island other than surf. We got some nice waves at the point for a solid week. Biggest was 4-5 ft, smallest around 2ft. Only surf there at high tide though, and is better with an incoming tide.I loved my adventures in Samoa. The people are friendly and helpful, the culture is strong and open, and the travelling is cheap and easy. I guess it comes down to prioities. If you've only got a week, only want to surf and have money to burn, then Salani and Samoana might be your style. I wanted a holiday where I could eat traditional food, meet locals, and have some independence and freedom.
NO, IT WAS A BAD, SAD JOKE... - And an extension of the guy who wrote 'Get off your computers and get in the water' below.
Tom's bomb - Hey Tom, is that last post for real? So you're saying if we live in the US we "deserve" to be under the constant threat of terrorism? Please help me, I want to know the way of the Surf Tour Operator, the true way to righteousness.
Ask Yourself: Do you deserve it? - We at Salani's Surf Camp feel like we deserve our set-up here on this beautiful island. As for the rest of you- only you can answer that question for yourselves. We are safe from terrorism here, so all those who do not deserve Salani Surf Camp deserve to suffer from terrorism. It's all a matter of what you deserve it life, and we, white folks from the Westernized world, deserve the priveledged life we have here at Salani's Surf Camp.
By It's over
Samoa world - Good job waterways, you sucessfully pushed all the criticism in the background, now only positive comments are shown here! Yea, Samoa is really coming along, more and more non-natives are getting set up there, leasing land, and all those lazy Samoans are seeing what us Americans can do! I can't wait till I can go there and not have to see any natives, except maybe cleaning up my room after a long night of sheet sweating. Costa Rica eat your heart out! Glad to hear all the "backup" has helped get your rusty bones out there! Screw the training, all you need is a credit card and some late 20's drifter waiting in the boat to save your ass. Get with the times, it's not about the adventure these days, since you only have a week you gotta take all you can get, and who better to empower you than some other white person who has paved the way. Really happy that surfing is on the forefront of development in these near pristine islands. I'm tired of all the empty beaches and naive natives, we gotta get this place up to the pace.
By Ben Levin
Amen to that - I stayed at Salani for 2 weeks in July 2001. I got blown out surf for the first week, followed by absolutely amazing waves the next week. Jon was managing then, and he was really cool, as were the boatmen, Drew, Johnny, Brad, and Fernando. Even when the surf was blown to shit they showed me a great time, and I got to see alot of great sights and culture. When it did start to crank (which is some pretty powerful shit) all of the guys helped my rusty self through the lineup. By the time I left, I'd seriously caught the best waves of my life, and I've caught it good at frigates in Fiji and Gold Coast in Australia. Furthermore, the guys were cool when some dudes from Samoana showed up. It was one of the best travel experiences that I've ever had. I agree with Jon; the only place in the world that you're guaranteed waves is a wave tank, and part of traveling is the risk and the learning about new cultures. He's a good guy, and people shouldn't disparage Salani.
Had a great time. - Got back from Salani's and had a great time. Waves were a bit lumpy at first but really fun. Than the last three days of our trip we had perfect surf, There was even a non salani surfer that paddled out everyday and all the boatmen and manager were cool about that, really nice guy from oz.
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